Prairie Lane’s Story
The first day’s enrollment of 225 was almost 50 more than had been expected. The final enrollment for that year was 263. The enrollment over the years has risen to a high of 529 in 1969, to a low of 111 in 1984. Today, Prairie Lane has an enrollment of 271 students.
During those first years, Prairie Lane had two kindergarten rooms, seven traditional self-contained classrooms and three multi-graded rooms. Because of continued growth in the area more classrooms were added in 1967 at a cost of $225,000.
In 1969, the enrollment had increased to 529. There were 20 classroom teachers and eight other staff members including cooks, custodians, a secretary, and teacher assistants. School began at 8:30am and dismissed at 3:00pm for grades 1-3, and dismissed at 3:30pm for grades 4-6. Kindergarten sessions were from 8:30 – 11:00am and 12:00 – 3:00pm. The lunch price was $.30 and milk was sold for $.02. The graduating sixth graders attended Valley View Junior High.
During the 1984-85 school year, Prairie Lane’s enrollment reached a low of 111. Parts of the building were modified to support the enrollment of more special needs students. At that time, a plan to close some of the smaller elementary schools was discussed. The community solidly backed the neighborhood school concept and actively worked to support keeping the school open for its children.
The Prairie Lane Community Club has always been a very active supporter of the school and the community. It conducts monthly meetings and encourages the involvement of the entire community. The PLCC also organizes fundraisers and carnivals for the school. Their efforts have provided playground equipment, a running track, a portable stage and technical hardware for the school.
Prairie Lane has been a blend of many parents, students, and staff over the 44 years of its existence. But one characteristic has always been present; the commitment to provide the best possible education for its students.